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Dressed To Kill

Published 1946

Three cheap musical boxes (each one playing a subtly different version of "The Swagman"), manufactured in Dartmoor Prison, are sold at a local auction house. However, a criminal gang is determined to steal and recover all three, even if it means committing murder. Sherlock Holmes tries to recover the music boxes and crack the secret code contained in the tune before the gang can get what they want.

This version is slightly better quality that the other versions available on the Internet Archive.

Copyright Status: PUBLIC DOMAIN

Registered for copyright under LP360 on 13 May 1946.

DRESSED TO KILL. Universal Pictures Co., Inc., (c)1946. 8 reels, sd. Adapted from a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Credits: Producer-director, Roy William Neill; screenplay, Leonard Lee; adaptation, Frank Gruber; music director, Milton Rosen; film editor, Saul A. Goodkind.
(c) Universal Pictures Co., Inc.; 13May46; LP360.


Run time 1:08:52
Producer Roy William Neill
Production Company Universal Pictures
Sponsor The Video Cellar Collection
Audio/Visual sound, b/w
Contact Information


Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce as Dr. John H. Watson
Patricia Morison as Mrs. Hilda Courtney
Edmund Breon as 'Stinky' Emery
Frederick Worlock as Colonel Cavanaugh
Carl Harbord as Inspector Hopkins
Patricia Cameron as Evelyn Clifford
Holmes Herbert as Ebenezer Crabtree
Harry Cording as Hamid
Leyland Hodgson as Tour guide
Mary Gordon as Mrs. Hudson
Ian Wolfe as Commissioner of Scotland Yard

Directed and
Produced by Roy William Neill
Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (story)
Frank Gruber
Leonard Lee
Music by Jack Brooks
Cinematography Maury Gertsman
Editing by Saul A. Goodkind
Distributed by Universal Pictures


Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2013
Subject: Holmes and Universal Pictures rule!
The uploader is too modest. This print isn't "slightly better quality." It is far and away the crispest version at IA (and superior to the Netflix rental).

I've always loved these Rathbone/Bruce adventures. Of course some are better than others; nevertheless all of them are fun. "Dressed to Kill" was the 14th and final film in the series, but you can't tell that by looking at it. The production values are high, and Universal's attention to detail and visual continuity was exceptional, especially considering it was produced as a second feature. So many long-running film series ended with a whimper - not this one!
Reviewer: katperrr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2013
Subject: Dressed to Kill
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